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The stepper
How to use... the stepper

Stepper

The stepper is an alternative way to develop your legs if you do not like running.

The role of steppers is to simulate stair climbing.

Instead of actual steps, however, they use alternating pedals or platforms.

They provide a great aerobic workout and can really tone your hips and thighs.

Like treadmills and exercise bikes, steppers have lots of different programs to select.

These can range from long endurance stair climbs to short tough work outs.

POSTURE


Try to stand upright with just a slight lean forward from your ankles and do not bend at the waist.

Another common error made by people on steppers is sticking your bottom out.

A great way to avoid doing this is to concentrate on pulling your abs firmly in.

TECHNIQUE


Unlike the bikes and treadmills, the technique is quite hard to grasp.

There are four key things to remember to help you grasp the correct technique.

  • Keep your legs going at a steady rhythm

  • Keep your feet flat on the pedals to reduce stress on your Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle and heel

  • Keep your knees over your feet

  • Finally, make sure your hands are only lightly touching the handlebars



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